9-year-old allegedly turned out by own mother


Jun 3, 2003
9-year-old allegedly turned out by own mother
WHDH-TV 7 Boston |
"A Salem man pleaded innocent Wednesday to child rape charges in a widening investigation into an alleged North Shore child prostitution ring... [Robert S. Litalien is] charged with raping a 9-year-old girl that investigators say was forced into prostitution by her own mother... The girl's mother, Mary Jean Armstrong, faces multiple charges of child rape, inducing a minor to become a prostitute and indecent assault. The Department of Social Services removed the 9-year-old and her 13-year-old brother from their Beverly home on Tuesday and placed them in protective custody. Richard Lapham, 37, of Salem, is charged with several counts of child rape, indecent assault and posing a child in the nude. Dawley said police caught Lapham in the act of raping the girl on Saturday. Armstrong and her 13-year-old son were allegedly in the room at the time."

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